MUST WATCH: A priceless moment from the European Qualifiers conference. #Kosovo team official forces Spanish journalist to recognize Kosovo. ⚽️🇽🇰
The controversy stems from Spain’s designation of Kosovo as a “territory.” pic.twitter.com/Z3CpdoEYJ3
— Team Albanians (@TeamAlbanians) March 31, 2021
Kosovo’s press secretary demanded that Spanish journalists say his country’s name, claiming they had been avoiding doing so in media coverage.
The two nations meet in a World Cup qualifier in Seville on Wednesday night, with the political backdrop of Spain’s government not officially recognising the Balkan state.
— Kosovan Football 🇽🇰 | 😷 (@kosovanfooty_EN) March 30, 2021
Fielding a question for Bernard Challandes, the staff member repeatedly asked the reporter to clarify which team’s coach he wanted an answer from.
However, the longer version of the clip shows that the questioner had in fact just used the word ‘Kosovo’.
He may therefore have been confused into silence by the ensuing broadside.